ABB Group to expand power transformer factory in Vadodara

Reiterates commitment to India by designating it as global sourcing base for select products

New Delhi February 22, 2002: ABB announced its decision to expand its power transformer factory at Vadodara, India. This will enable the company to produce the complete range of power transformers upto 400 Kilovolts (kV).

The state-of-the-art facility in Vadodara was a greenfield development and commissioned in 1999. Since the start-up phase, the factory has demonstrated consistently good product performance. To date, it has supplied 35 power and traction transformers of varying capacity and complexity to major Indian utilities and industry. These include Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB), Gujarat Electricity Board (GEB), Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB), Hindalco and the Indian Railways. As a result of its high-quality product output, it has recently been able to export transformers to the USA and Bangladesh and has also booked a major order from Syria. "This successful track record led us to the decision to start the next phase of the factory's development and considerably enhance manufacturing capabilities", said Peter Smits , member of ABB's group executive committee and head of Power Technology Products division.

Making these statements, Mr. Smits pointed out that "a 400 kV power transformer factory requires not only modern manufacturing and testing equipment, but also highly skilled people. The workforce at Vadodara has proven its ability to perform at a high level." The transformers will be produced based on the latest "trafostar" technology, which is used throughout ABB's worldwide manufacturing network. According to Smits with the new set-up ABB will be able to play a major role in the transmission and distribution system improvements being actively pursued in India.

ABB also reinforced its decision to designate India as its global sourcing base for 72.5 kV high voltage circuit breakers from Vadodara. In addition, the factory in Nashik will globally be responsible for 33 kV and 11 kV medium voltage outdoor live tank circuit breakers and magnetic actuators. This decision is in line with ABB's philosophy of global optimisation and sourcing. It is designed to better serve customers in India and abroad and also gives the company benefits from economies of scale. Smits said: "Considering the technical expertise and manufacturing base in India we are pleased to designate the factories in Vadodara and Nashik as global sourcing units for the above products."

Also speaking on the occasion, Mr. Ravi Uppal, Group Representative & Country Manager, ABB India said, "This decision supports ABB India's strategic portfolio realignment towards an increased emphasis on products, service and exports. It also reiterates the Group's commitment to ABB India and recognition of our growth potential."

ABB ( is a global leader in power and automation technologies that enable Utility and Industry customers to improve their performance while lowering their environmental impact. ABB has 155,000 employees in more than 100 countries.

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